Medco locks out Las Vegas techs

May 1, 2006

Medco locked more than 500 pharmacy technicians out of its LasVegas mail-order pharmacy after they failed to ratify a newcontract, according to a spokeswoman. The giant PBM brought in 550registered techs to temporarily replace the locked-out workers, whohave been without a contract for eight months.

Medco locked more than 500 pharmacy technicians out of its Las Vegas mail-order pharmacy after they failed to ratify a new contract, according to a spokeswoman. The giant PBM brought in 550 registered techs to temporarily replace the locked-out workers, who have been without a contract for eight months. After an on-site visit, the pharmacy board declared the facility is in compliance with state law, according to the Medco spokeswoman. However, the United Steel Workers, which represents the techs, urged the board to take another look and to order the facility to shut down because safe pharmacy practice is at risk.

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